Hits For Humanity is teaming up with the Nashville Sounds to help raise money for Brad Paisley‘s free grocery store The Store.
Lifelong friends Andrew Jacuzzi and Burt Lockard founded Hits For Humanity as fundraising organization that helps other nonprofits in August of 2020, in an effort to improve the lives and strengthen communities throughout the United States by financially supporting mission-centric nonprofits that address social issues such as hunger and homelessness.
Hits For Humanity’s goal is to gather corporate, group, association and individual pledges for each hit the local MLB or affiliate team—in this case the Nashville Sounds—gets during their home games for the 2021 season. There are 90 cities that have a form of MLB, Triple A or Double A baseball, each of which has a local Feeding America affiliated food bank. Hits For Humanity partners with local food banks and baseball teams to raise funds in each individual market.
“I believe that if you have the ability you should always try to help improve the lives of others. It enriches your life and the lives of those you help,” says Jacuzzi. “It strengthens the fabric of our society, builds better communities and can change lives and families for generations. My Dad, Tullio Jacuzzi, used to say, ‘always leave a place or situation better than you found it and let it be known that someone cares.’ I do this work because I care.”
“I have been blessed to the point that I have never had to experience the feeling of hopeless hunger with no idea of where my next meal is coming from,” says Lockard. “Even worse is the helplessness that must be felt if a parent has to see their children go through that very experience. That’s why the mission for Hits For Humanity is so important to me.”
“No one should ever have to go without food or shelter in America,” says Lee Willard, Hits For Humanity Board Chair, and 20 year Nashville music industry veteran. “If we all give a little, together we can make a difference and create positive changes in lives and communities across this great country.”
The Store, co-founded by Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, operates in Nashville as a year-round free grocery store allowing people to shop for their basic needs. The organization just celebrated its one-year anniversary.
Donors can participate by following their favorite team during their home games and make a pledge starting at .25 cents per hit. Donors can also make a direct one-time or monthly donation in lieu of a pledge per hit.